DIY Barstool Desk!

Hey guys!!

I just replaced my old barstools with some new metal ones that I LOVE.  I was happy to see the old ones go!  When deciding who to give my old barstools to, I had a bit of an epiphany.  Love those.

I knew my oldest two girls were in need of a desk so I decided to turn these 2 shanties into something CHIC!

Let me tell you…

This is a building project that requires very little building skill… Woohoo!

I got my old barstools here on Amazon over a year ago. $29 a pop.  You could also make a great desk using stools like these from Target.

I started by spray painting the stools.  This is the color I chose…

Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Berry Pink

While that was drying I cut some planks from a furring strip for my shelves.  Mine were all 15 3/4″.   I stained them with Rust-Oleum Ultimate wood stain in Dark Walnut… I know.  Shock. 😉

After my stools dried I attached them with nails like this.

For the top I used a 20×48″ pine project panel for the top.  You can get these at Lowe’s in several different sizes to fit your space.  Mine was $16.  I stained it and let it dry.

Then, I laid the barstools upside down on my top like this and used 1 3/4″ wood screws to attach the stools to the top.

That’s it!  Pretty darn simple, huh?? And cost for me??? $18!! Woohoo! My kind of desk! Shanty to oh so CHIC!  Here are a few more pictures!

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Here are just a few more goodies I have made for the girls’ room!

Shanty Memo Frame!

DIY $20 Platform Bed

I would love for you to share and pin their desk below!! Have  a great weekend!! 😉


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  • JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose

    Clever thinking! a portable desk 😉

  • Jennifer

    Hello! Thank you for the inspiration, I’m writing to ask about the Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch pink spray paint. I recently repainted my nightstands and I used regular ol’ Valspar paint and a sponge. It was long and tedious, two coats, three on top, and took forever to dry. Can you tell me why you chose the spray paint route? Thanks!

  • Guest

    I can’t wait to make this desk. What height are the stools you used?

  • Donna

    This desk is beyond fabulous! I have these same stools…hmm… Love the frame treatment also.Do

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  • Nichole

    Yes, I am too wondering where you got the metal stool that you are using with the desk. Thanks.

    • I found them on They were 2 for $79 with free shipping. These are the new barstools in my kitchen and I love them! The brand is Tabouret. Hope this helps!

  • Michelle

    Where did you get the gray metal stool?

    • Chicjosselyn

      I found a very similar one at bjs where I live. I’m thinking at some point Targer even online.

  • Perfect idea! Absolutely fabulous way to repurpose them. Now, I’ll be looking for some that shape and size!

    • Thanks so much Kim!! I appreciate your sweet comment!

  • Brilliant idea! I have those stools too! I haven’t replaced them yet but when I do a desk might be the perfect use for them.

    • Perfect Marie!! If you do I would love to see some finished pics! 😉

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  • Mindi Carwin

    I LOVE this, I think re-purposing is the greatest thing! This turned out so cute! I love the cute yellow box as well! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thank you so much Mindi!! I appreciate it! 😉